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Two coaxial's in the back. Two components in the front. Which wires do I need to get this system up and running? Where can I get them and which products would you guys recommend? Thanks!
Okay, basically - there are three ways you might go about this:
Tip - Run another remote wire and another RCA for the subwoofer amp when you are installing the main amp and cap off or bag the connectors so that you don't have to pull the HU and the floor panels again when you get ready to add the subwoofer amp (assuming they will be installed near the 4-channel). (You can daisy-chain the remote wire from the 4-channel to the sub if you don't want to run a toggle switch to the dash to turn off the subwoofer amp at some time.)
Hope This Helps!!!
Anyone else have suggestions?
2002 Ford Focus JVC KD-A815 Sony CDX-GT410u Sony XT-100HD HD Tuner Stock
speakers, no amp, no subs
We cannot fully answer your question(s) as you did
not provide any specific information about your setup. You will need an
amplifier installation kit and possibly some other components, but we
need more info before we can suggest which kit, and which other components you may need.
What head unit are you using? (If aftermarket, what brand and model#?)
What amplifier are you using? (model #)
What speakers are you using (brand and model #'s)
As for where you can get your wires, that part is easy: right here on Crutchfield
My apologies. This is my current setup.Head Unit: Alpine IDA-X305SAmp: Alpine MRP-F300Coaxial Speakers: Infinity Reference 6032siComponent Speakers: Polk Audio DB6501
You are going to want a good quality 8-gauge wiring kit (4-gauge kit with a distribution block if you might add a subwoofer amp later), and one additional RCA cable for the 4-channel amp, and standard 18-gauge speaker wire for the output side should be fine.
I do plan on eventually getting a subwoofer amp.So in that case, I should buy a 4-guage kit (with a distribution block) an additional RCA cable for my amp and standard 18-gauge speaker wires.Correct?
Third option sounds best. Thank you, TigerHeli.Also, does it matter which brand of installation kit I purchase?Say if I bought a Rockford 4-gauge kit, would it work with my Alpine?
It matters, but not in the way you mean ...
Rockford, Stinger, Streetwires, EFX, Kicker, etc. all make good quality kits.
There are some budget kits (Absolute, InstallBay, dB Link) that use smaller wire with thicker insulation that you should avoid.
Basically, a good 4-gauge kit should come with a 125-150A fuse in the kit. If it has smaller than a 100A or a fuse holder but no fuse in the kit, I would be skeptical of it.
Another question.I have the amp up and running. Front speakers are sharing one channel and so are the rears. It'll remain this way until I can get another set of RCA cables and I can have all the speakers on their own individual channels. My question is, how should I tune the amp to get the best quality out of my door speakrs?(No sub installed yet)
Please explain further.
You have a 4 channel amp. You have 4 speakers. Why is each speaker not on it's own output from the amp ?
Dualityuntil I can get another set of RCA cables and I can have all the speakers on their own individual channels.
I still am confused. Go the wally or some other store and buy an RCA patch cable, if that's all you need.
Bass and Treble Controls: The head unit features independent Bass and Treble controls that allow you to adjust each setting +/-14 dB in 2 dB steps. The center frequencies are adjustable (60, 80, 100, and 200 Hz for bass and 10, 12.5, 15, and 17.5 kHz for treble) and the bass bandwidth is adjustable (from narrow to wide in four steps).
Loudness: Loudness introduces a special low and high frequency emphasis at low listening levels to compensate for the ear's decreased sensitivity to bass and treble sound at low volume.
HPF: The high pass filter (HPF) removes the lower bass from the front and rear speaker and line level outputs. HPF options are 80 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz, and off.
Subwoofer Pre-out: In addition to the front and rear 2-volt preamp outputs, there is a dedicated 2-volt subwoofer preamp output with variable level adjustment of 0 to 15. You can select either System1 or System2 for the desired subwoofer effect.
Power IC Off: When an external amplifier is powering all the speakers in the system, you can turn the internal amp off, which will improve the sound quality.
For now, turn loudness off, HPF on 80 hz, turn internal amp off. When you get a sub and sub amp, you will like want the HPF set on 120 hz. You are just gonna want to play with bass and treble controls. Mine would probably be set on 100 for bass center frequency (without a sub), 15 khz for treble center frequency, +6db for bass, +12db for treble, bass bandwidth wide without subs, narrow with a sub. Set your 4 channel amp on full range output, front and rear, bass boost off, set the gain correctly. Do you know the methods of setting the gain correctly ?
Excellent post GLH.No, I don't know how to set the gain correctly. I saw it behind my amp but haven't messed around with it yet..However, I did manage to turn off the internal amp. I also turned the loudness off. Where do I go to adjust the HPF?
http://a248.e.akamai.net/pix.crutchfield.com/Manuals/500/500IDA305S.PDF (Page 55, 22 Printed)
Do you have a digital voltmeter?
Well that answers my HPF question.As for the digital voltmeter, I do not have one.
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